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  • How much polyrope is needed to fence 7 acres with 3 rows
  • Can you have 3 strands of fencing for horses?

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    11-21-2013, 12:55 PM
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Foal
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What are yalls suggestions on fencing in 4 acres? Also yalls thoughts on proper number of horses for the 4 acres?
     
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    11-21-2013, 01:00 PM
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Showing
The fencing depends a lot on what you want to do. I have 3 strands of electric, but I also have adult geldings who don't test the fence. If you have youngsters or untrained horses, electric strands might not be the best option.

As far as how many horses per acre, my personal rule of thumb is 1 horse per acre but that takes hands-on, proactive management so your pastures don't become dust bowls. Your local zoning laws will be the final authority on how many horses you can legally keep on four aces, though.
     
    11-21-2013, 01:07 PM
  #3
Foal
Depends how much money your looking to spend. I personally like wooden board fences , however I have page fence with one line of electric on the top. I hate page fence though... lots of people around here like it , the reason I hate it is because my horse always gets her legs stuck in it. I also really like the "horse fence" that is like a knotted version of corn crib!
     
    11-21-2013, 01:24 PM
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Originally Posted by SweetTyree    
i hate it is because my horse always gets her legs stuck in it.
I don't like it either bc a panicky horse will REALLY hurt himself. I say start with what you can afford. If it's electric, PLEASE consider upgrading piecemeal, as quickly as possible if you have to. I prefer metal pipe, though mine was here and then gone, so I CAN'T recommend the company, but the Amish close by have 3 inch pipe secured to 8" diameter wooden poles and it's secure AND safe.
The old wooden 3 rail fence is very safe. If you go that way, put the rails on the INSIDE of the posts, so that your horse(s) don't kick a board and escape. Wood fencing takes more maintenance, but it's safe and you can sit on it, too.\
Please, also consider NOT cementing in your posts. You do NOT need to do this. My posts are 8 ft long and set in the ground WITHOUT cement, 3 ft deep and sit 5 ft high.
I am still cleaning up cement from the old 50yo cattle fencing, and one post left a 4 inch high, 3 inch wide piece of metal. We refenced in 2008, and I didn't even know it was still there until we destroyed a mower tire on it, and I have a cinder block on it protecting my horses. If it's like the other ones it sits about 24 inches deep. Next Spring DH and it will dig around it and pull it out with our Full Ton Diesel Truck.
     
    11-21-2013, 01:36 PM
  #5
Foal
I will most likely not be able to go with electric due to how many younger kids we have. Wehave 9 kids total and 4 of them are 8 and under. This is texas so could turn into a dust bowl but hopefully not. I am used to the dust bowl thing though.

Thanks for the input thus far. I remember in the area I used to live in texas it was 1horse to 0.5acre.
     
    11-21-2013, 01:56 PM
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Foal
I would say as a minimum at least a acre a horse. I have 3 acres and 2 horses and lets just say my pasture needs to be urgently reseeded for next year. And im thinking of fencing off more.

Corporal- unfortunately when you are a kid and your grandparents are paying for the fence I wasn't allowed much input since they owned horses and know everything. But thank God I talked them out of barb wire. Ya my horse has had her close calls almost needing stitches. Going to have to put electric tape on the inside of fence for next year. :)
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    11-21-2013, 02:12 PM
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I will most likely not be able to go with electric due to how many younger kids we have. Wehave 9 kids total and 4 of them are 8 and under.
What's wrong with kids and electric fences?
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    11-21-2013, 02:21 PM
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Just bc electric fence is available doesn't mean it was ever meant to be permanent fencing.
You know, stuff with animals just costs$. You wouldn't think of not worming or giving yearly boosters bc you can get away with not doing it and it's cheaper to NOT do it.
Honestly I've had bad experiences with electric fencing. You must maintain it and horses do get injured with it in a way that they don't get injured with wood or metal bar fencing. This takes away from my training/riding time.
My fencing takes minimal maintenance and that's why I bought it, but the TB broodmare farm close to me, with big $bucko mares, uses wooden fencing. Every year they have to replace planks, but they've been breeding horses for a LONG time and I respect them for their choice.
I am sorry to be honest, but keeping horses in your back yard is just expensive.
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    11-21-2013, 02:54 PM
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Originally Posted by Corporal    
Just bc electric fence is available doesn't mean it was ever meant to be permanent fencing.
You know, stuff with animals just costs$. You wouldn't think of not worming or giving yearly boosters bc you can get away with not doing it and it's cheaper to NOT do it.
Honestly I've had bad experiences with electric fencing. You must maintain it and horses do get injured with it in a way that they don't get injured with wood or metal bar fencing. This takes away from my training/riding time.
My fencing takes minimal maintenance and that's why I bought it, but the TB broodmare farm close to me, with big $bucko mares, uses wooden fencing. Every year they have to replace planks, but they've been breeding horses for a LONG time and I respect them for their choice.
I am sorry to be honest, but keeping horses in your back yard is just expensive.
You've obviously had bad experiences with electric, and I imagine I would re-think fencing if I did, too, but I'm sure that a large number of people will agree that it is not more dangerous and often less dangerous than other types of fencing.
Electric fencing is made to be permanent fencing, most people use it that way, and is meant to keep horses away from the fence entirely. We use one or two strands of electric polyrope around our pastures and none of our horses, including our weanling, have ever gone under, over, or through it, even when we have no power for a day or the rope is sagging to a couple feet from the ground because of the weight of sleet and they could easily just step over it. The only maintenance it requires is removing the occasional branch that falls on it.
Some folks have horses that will run through or jump anything, and for them, you do need an expensive fortress of a fence, but if you have horses that mind the fence, you're golden with a lot less and it does not mean you're being cheap, just practical.
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    11-21-2013, 03:26 PM
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Foal
I think that your budget will determine what kind of fencing you build. Next year we will be fencing in 7.5 acres of our property, and will be either running 3 boards or 3 rows of fence rails, and 3 rows of electric rope on the inside of that. We would love to put up metal rail fencing but around here that costs an arm and leg, but if we had big $$$ that's what we'd do. We currently use electric rope fence and high tensile coated wire, but that's just what works for us.
I also hate page wire fencing, to me I find its unsafe if a horse pushes a foot through it. I used to have it on our old property we sold, and my only advice to you if you do put it up is that you run at least one board along the top of it to keep it straight, my one horse would always stretch neck over the fence and lean on it and it would bend the wire over and cause it to roll.

As for how many horses you can keep on 4 acres, I like to follow the rule of 1 horse per acre.
     

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